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Things to do in Soweto

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Route
“Vilakazi Street is the Soweto street of the greats, named after Dr Benedict Wallet Vilakazi, a distinguished writer and educator who wrote the first poetry book published in Zulu. The homes of two Nobel Peace Prize laureates – South Africa’s first democratically elected president, the late Nelson Mandela, and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu – are found on Vilakazi Street. This is the only street in the world that can boast having had two Nobel Laureates as residents.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Transportation
“One of best places to visit is the townships of South Africa, Soweto Tours is simply one of the best experiences you will ever do in Johannesburg”
  • 21 locals recommend
History Museum
“The area has most of the Country's history. The vicinity consists of the old house of Nelson Mandela. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Museum
“Vilakazi Street is the most famous street in Soweto and it the only street in the world to have had two noble prize winners as its residents. Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived and live in Vilakazi Street. Nelson Mandela’s house has become a museum and the Tutu’s house is still used as a normal home by the Tutu family.”
  • 10 locals recommend
History Museum
“A world-class visitor attraction, situated in Soweto. I am able to connect you with local tour guide companies to take you on this historical tour. Expect to be taken on a journey of former SA President Mandela’s life during the apartheid era. The tour includes information on President Nelson Mandela’s story, both in the context of his home, and in the context of his life as a whole, in a manner that promotes human rights, democracy, reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance amongst the peoples of South Africa. Former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and his family lived here from 1946 into the 1990’s. On 16 March 1999, the National Monuments Council declared the property a national monument. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Lebo's Backpackers in Soweto provides great cycling, walking or Tuk Tuk tours. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Soweto consists of a community of extremes. On the one hand there is abject poverty and on the other hand there is extraordinary wealth in the upper class suburbs such as Diepkloof Extension and Selection Park. View the Hector Pieterson Museum. Visit an informal settlement. Drive past Mandela House Museum. Walk through the Regina Mundi Church. Drive past Maponya Shopping Mall. Drive past the Soccer City Stadium. Visit Freedom Square and Freedom Charter Memorial. Drive along Vilakazi Street. Drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela. See the homes of Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Winnie Madikizela- Mandela, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela”
  • 3 locals recommend
Route
“Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutus old houses during the fight against Apartheid. Both turned into attractions. A nice lesson in humble beginnings.”
  • 14 locals recommend
African Restaurant
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“Sakhumzi is a restaurant with true ‘kasi’ flavour. Kasi, meaning township – a vibrant community welcoming everyone in for lively local tunes and authentic home cooked Soweto food!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“the Soweto Theatre has great shows, it sits in one of the oldest townships of Soweto; it also hosts the Soweto Arts & Craft Fair every first Saturday of the month; and the Seven Colour Sundays on every last Sunday of the month for great food and music.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cinema
“Soweto is a township of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng, South Africa, bordering the city's mining belt in the south. Its name is an English syllabic abbreviation for South Western Townships. Formerly a separate municipality, it is now incorporated in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Suburbs of Johannesburg. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Chaf Pozi is a colourful shisa nyama style restaurant. Located at the foot of the iconic Soweto cooling towers, at this shisa nyama (a Zulu phrase meaning ‘burn meat’). Diners get to select their own meat and spices from the butchery and enjoy a drink in the beer garden overlooking the Soweto towers while the braai masters cook the meat on a flaming grill.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Please ask me for advice, I have a fantastic guide who will work around your needs & who knows the city extremely well”
  • 2 locals recommend
Convention Center
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

African Restaurant
“Sakhumzi is a restaurant with true ‘kasi’ flavour. Kasi, meaning township – a vibrant community welcoming everyone in for lively local tunes and authentic home cooked Soweto food!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Chaf Pozi is a colourful shisa nyama style restaurant. Located at the foot of the iconic Soweto cooling towers, at this shisa nyama (a Zulu phrase meaning ‘burn meat’). Diners get to select their own meat and spices from the butchery and enjoy a drink in the beer garden overlooking the Soweto towers while the braai masters cook the meat on a flaming grill.”
  • 5 locals recommend
African Restaurant
“This is the street where Nelson and Winnie Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu lived. It is worth a tour to Madiba's house followed by a meal at Sakumzi's or Vuyo's for a traditional meal. Please go with a reputable guide. If in doubt, contact Allison.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Vibrant place, offers delicious food and cocktails. Variety of food. Becomes a club later on at night.”
  • 1 local recommends
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“Try out the "space Kota" at this lively restaurant, one of my favorite places in Soweto to grab a quick bite. ”
  • 1 local recommends
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“Listening to good quality music played by different seasonal and popular Djs.”
  • 1 local recommends
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  • 1 local recommends

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